Glenfarclas 1996

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Limited Rare Bottling
Oloroso Sherry Casks
Number of bottles
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
L 07 07 15 3 22:49 BB
de Germany
Added on
29 Jul 2015 6:37 pm by Schmausel

Average value

€ 398.87

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Whisky Reviews for Glenfarclas 1996

49 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.17 points

  1. Pollenflug scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Conclusion and pictures on: https://tomtrinkt.de
    • Nose
      The first nose of the 1996 Glenfarclas is peppered with stately Sherrynoten. Many red fruits, especially cherries and plums, fresh currants with a slightly sourish sting, plenty of orange marmalade, hints of caramel and a touch of malt flow from my glass. In the course of nosing the aroma becomes with a little patience much more diverse and even sweeter and fresher. Freshly cut green apples, dark chocolate, nuts, cinnamon and spicy oak woody notes blend with the beautiful sherry aromas.
    • Taste
      The texture of Glenfarclas is pleasantly oily and creamy. The entrance is full-bodied and strong. A pinch of freshly ground pepper prances on the tip of the tongue for a short time before classic sherry aromas with a nice sweetness flood the palate. Red berries, raisins, plums, dark honey, burnt caramel, plenty of orange marmalade, dark chocolate, nuts, roasted almonds, coffee and noticeably spicy oak notes complete the aromatic variety. Very diverse, harmonious and elegant. The palate already produces a slight dryness.
    • Finish
      Medium to long, sweet and spicy and still beautifully sherry-stressed. Dark fruits sparkle with a slight residual sweetness and lively fruitiness. Orange marmalade, dark honey, pepper, dark chocolate, walnuts, almonds and coffee let the malt with abundant spicy oak oak notes slowly fade away. On the palate remains a noticeable dryness and a delicate bitterness.

  2. StyrianSpirit scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    This special bottling at age 18 continues the standards in the best way - the "typical Glenfarclas notes" are complemented here by very beautiful Oloroso flavors and especially the oak notes are (unlike the younger standards or the Heritage 45 ° North) youthful-fresh, slightly juicy-sweet and perfectly integrated, before they get stronger in the finish. A very nice and typical composition. For me, that gives 89 enjoyment points. In addition, this malt has an excellent price-performance ratio. The Grant family knows very well how to compose their Malts.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Immediately it is there, the "Glenfarclas-baked apple nose". Complemented by ripe apricots and pleasantly subtle Oloroso sherry notes. The oak is fresh, slightly sweet and pleasant in the background. We are in a haystack on a late summer morning.
    • Taste
      89 89
      In the mouth, the Glenfarclas comes nicely tingling, the delicate sweetness of the oak and the harsh Oloroso notes provide a pleasant interplay. On the palate, the oak becomes a bit older and more dominant, but remains in balance with the herbal notes (marjoram), the ripe apricot and the slightly grassy aromas.
    • Finish
      88 88
      The medium-length finish then continues the mouthfeel, with glenfarclastypically becoming more dominant for the younger "non-sherry bomb single-cask bottlings". In this case, everything stays in beautiful Oloroso-Oak-Heunoten-Balance.

  3. EinSpatzUnterVielen scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Surprise! Now the bottle is open for over a year. And finally he gets - actually! - Volume.
    The flavors remain the same as in the last tastings, but now everything comes out a bit fuller. Raised to meanwhile 86 points.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Nose: orange marmalade, cherries, red berry compote, apple compote with a pinch of cinnamon, nuts, rum raisins, very ripe bananas, dark chocolate, burnt caramel
    • Taste
      87 87
      Mouth: Orange, lemon, apple, ginger, burnt caramel, dark chocolate, changes strongly to roasted French coffee, getting sharper, dark honey, malt, pepper, clove pepper, cinnamon, leather, thyme, the tannins push towards the end fully through: skin fresh peelings (bitter), more and more coffee and pepper, chicory
    • Finish
      84 84
      Finish: medium long, very strong and very fast drying, astringent, (too) a lot of wood, slightly apple-like, slightly sweet, very bitter, a touch of mint

  4. didi1893 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    A fruity nose makes you hungry for more. Unfortunately, the taste can not match the fruity nose. A bitter and bitter woody aroma dominates the taste and the finish. At this Glenfarclas, I miss the sherry influence. Otherwise, the Glenfarclas is good drinkable and has a decent PLV for me.
    • Nose
      My first impression: fermented and overripe fruits. The sweet and ripe fruits dominate the nose, subtle and fine sherry is perceptible in the background. A pinch of salt is in the air. The alcohol is relatively well integrated and is only slightly spicy after a prolonged smell. A hint of caramel and vanilla follow.
    • Taste
      Fine spicy wood. From the fruitiness of the nose is relatively little to feel. The spicy wood gets more bitter over time and starts to bite easily in the mouth. The second sip of sweet fruit comes to light, then again bitter oak. Now salt and light sharpness is added.
    • Finish
      Again fine dry with bitter oak. Slight salt and sharpness are added. Long and plump warm, the finish exudes a slightly bitter mouthfeel. At the very end of the finish, a nutty aroma develops, which turns into immature walnuts.

  5. rottendon scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    A decent Sherrymalt certainly with recognition value, could perhaps tolerate a little more alcohol, but is not watered down. Notes from a blind tasting. Well, that was the third time blind in the glass with three different ratings. After 86 and 78 this time now 83. I have set the arithmetic mean, hence the current score. Either the samples had distinctly different oxidation states or the rating here is very dependent on the day, however, the malt is quite neat in any case.
    • Nose
      Pears here at the beginning Pear compote, but paired with raisins. After a few seconds no more pears, but oranges and peaches. The alcohol tickles something in the nose. After a while the tickling is gone. On the flavors side, not much has happened, a cocktail of cooked and dried fruit, some caramel and a mint idea. Heated, a light white wine note comes on and at the same time the sherry tones become clearer, the alcohol tickles again and a slightly artificial chewing gum develops. A few roasted aromas and a little cognac are also to be found. The whole profile is getting fuller and darker.
    • Taste
      Very spicy oak dominates over roasted caramel and dark fir honey, as well as a little orange peel. Some menthol and a good pinch of white pepper. The alcohol is barely noticeable, it feels slightly oily. The second sip of more oak, now with many tannins. In addition, a flavor that reminds of the skin of Brazil nuts.
    • Finish
      A simple fading with a focus on tannins. Despite the low alcohol, it warms the neck a little. A fresh wood note of European oak lingers rather long on the tongue.

  6. dRambo scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Nose: ripe sweet almost fermented but delicious apples, a waxy note over a fresh fruity acidity, strawberry jam, elegant spicy wood notes hide behind red sour berries

    Taste: slightly sulphurous sherry tones, strawberry jam, blackberries from the viscous rum pot, syrupy, dried apple rings, fresh walnut shells, slight bitterness on the palate gives the fruit even more volume, at first the malt looks elegantly restrained - retro style - but it develops increasingly on the palate its power, it has a lot more really complex fruit than wood and seems to be ripened and not put on as I have often noticed in sherry finish negatively, the finish is long fruity woody with a slight mint note
    Conclusion: It took me a while to understand him and he is for me
    one of the malts that has to be open for a while to develop properly (3 - 6 months). With its nearly 20 years and the smokeless higher sherry portion than eg the OB 21 it does for me very much for its price (~ 55-60 €) the GF standards in the price segment can not keep up there for me.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  7. malthead-sven scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    solid, honest whisky, Glenfarclas stop. Definitely one level above the candidate of the standard range at 18 or 21 years. If you were lucky enough to get hold of it like I did at the issue price, you'll get a full PLV.
    • Nose
      begins closed, slowly comes candied apple, almonds, memories of the Christmas market, dried dates and a little perfumed hand soap
    • Taste
      brown sugar, massive oak makes it lush and heavy on the tongue, bitter chocolate
    • Finish
      medium and not quite as intense as the taste suggests, but with a pleasant length

  8. mothers_finest scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  9. waal scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Glenfarclas 1996/2015, 46% ABV - WID: 70636 https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/70636/glenfarclas-1996 #WagnerAlexTastingNotes No. 686 Facts Whisky: Type: Single Malt Barrels: Ex-Oloroso Sherry Butts Age: 18 or 19 years ABV: 46% ABV Vintage: 1996 Bottled: 2015 Bottler: OA Cooling filtering: no Coloring: no Facts distillery: Name: Glenfarclas Meaning Name: Valley of the green grass Location: Ballindaloch, Speyside, Scotland Owner: J & G Grant Founded: 1836 Closed: Malt: Capacity: 3.5 million liters pa Water Source: mash do: 16.5 ton semi louder washbacks: 12 (stainless steel) stills: 3 wash, 3 spirit (fired directly) Trivia: Since 1865, Glenfarclas has been owned by the Grant family (currently the sixth generation). Glenfarclas boasts the largest mashtun and owning the largest still in the Speyside. Glenfarclas draws the barley mostly from the region and now has over 40 warehouses available. In 2017, the "successor" to the bottling available to me came onto the market (bottled in 2017). At a parallel tasting, however, the 2015er was a touch "better" for me. First impression / color / viscosity: I like the old-school / retro packaging and the solid label on the bottle. A fruit basket rises when pouring in my nose. Rather aperitif as digestif. Color: light copper / viscosity: at medium speed tears are slowly drawing along the inside of the glass Aroma / Nose feeling: An impression of buttery pot still, tart sherry notes (currant) and nuts. Sour apples from Nachbar's garden, a handful of nuts and milk chocolate are noticeably present. Of course, a certain sweetness is present, but which subtly hidden behind the acidity and freshness. Taste / mouthfeel: Nutella (freshly spooned off the spoon), sweet vanilla and "one, two" tannins get their first word at the first sip. Oily / waxy and pleasing to the palate, the malt trickles down the throat. A praline filled with nougat and marzipan from the old copper plate floats comfortably in my glass. Great as red berries come to light over time. Paired with lots of vanilla and chocolate. Always under the supervision of omnipresent acid. Fine! Finish / aftertaste / Length: Medium long, sweet and only slightly bitter and spicy. Over time, the acidity is also here to taste clearly. A slightly meatier, metallic taste stays over. That would be my only real criticism of the malt. Overall impression / comment: Basically I do not like the standard "piglet fillings" (12yo, 15yo, 18yo, 21yo, 25yo) very much, but I like some of the "special bottlings", family casks and of course the 40yo. The latter is a great example of Scotch for me. Also the 1996/2015 is more than successful for me. For me, a brand where other malts have to compete. In particular, the simple with simultaneous (almost) perfection, I find very attractive to this single malt Scotch whisky. Points: 90/100

  10. Gloin scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    The smell is stimulating and delicious, makes you want to drink, but is also rather one-dimensional. Unfortunately, this one-dimensionality continues in the mouth and on the palate. The spicy oak lacks a counterpart to be really exciting. blind tasting At my first tasting (also blind, see below) I gave 85 points. This time he just came to 81 points with me, even if the descriptions are very similar. So on average, I'll award an 83.
    • Nose
      soft sherry, sweet cherries, a little alcohol, a little bit of wood, after a while nuts, marzipan, delicious
    • Taste
      light body, almost a bit watery, the first onset is gentle, but then follows sharpness, first sweet, then spicy, significantly more oak than in the nose, malt, a little sherry
    • Finish
      Espresso, a bit bitter, a little sherry, unfortunately, in the end only the bitterness, medium to long


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